Glen Rice Jr‘.s often stormy basketball career at Georgia Tech is over. Coach Brian Gregory dismissed him from the team less than a week after the season ended and a day after a report of a criminal charge against him surfaced.
”There are certain standards that have to be met both on and off the court, and there has to be accountability when those standards aren’t met,” Gregory said in a statement. ”I’m disappointed that we have to take this action.”
The action does not come as a surprise. Rice began the season, Gregory’s first, suspended for the first three games and then finished the season suspended for the final six games. Rice can complete the semester at Tech and may transfer after that. He has one year of eligibility remaining, but would have to sit out a year if he were to transfer to another Division I school.
Rice came to Tech from Walton High, part of a highly-regarded signing class that also included Derrick Favors, Mfon Udofia, Kammeon Holsey, Daniel Miller and Brian Oliver. The group went to the NCAA tournament as freshmen but went 13-18 in 2010-11, resulting in coach Paul Hewitt’s firing. The Jackets finished 11-20 this season, Gregory’s first. Favors left Tech after one season for the NBA and Oliver transferred to Seton Hall last summer.
Rice, Tech’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, was on shaky ground with the team even prior to Gregory’s hire last March. Hewitt benched Rice for the final five games of the 2010-11 season for disciplinary reasons. Gregory suspended him for the first three games of this season for violating team rules and then suspended him following the Wake Forest game Feb. 15. He did not practice or play with the team from that point forward.
Rice’s father, Glen Rice, was an NBA star who won a national championship at Michigan.